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Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center | Estelle Reviews

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center ( web | tweet ) Published on March 24, 2015 from St. Martin’s Press Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: divorce, nature, new beginnings, family Summary: A year after her divorce, Helen decides to go way out of her comfort zone — she’s trusting her irresponsible little brother with […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center seems like the logical place to start. The main character needs to escape the blah realities of her current situation and embarks on something totally out of her comfort zone — which means she sucks at it for awhile but learns about her so much along the way. Halfway through the year, I started a new workout and nutrition regime, and surprisingly, fell in love with yoga. It’s not the same as hiking in the great outdoors for a number of days on end, but it definitely felt like it. Feeling strong, seeing my body change, and realizing I had discovered a habit that actually calmed me? Priceless. […]

November 25, 2015 - 12:02 am

Hannah & Cassie's Holiday Gift Guide - […] books I have read this year.  In addition, it comes with high praise from: Myself, Hannah, Estelle, Rachel, and Kelly.  Need I say more? Gift it to any woman on your list who is a reader. […]

May 31, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap | MAY We Remember You Kindly, Estelle - […] Kissing in America by Margo Robb / Estelle: Happiness for Beginners by Katherine […]

May 26, 2015 - 6:18 pm

Lucy - You make this sound amazing! I am so not an outdoorsy camping type but I think it’s a great idea for a book setting. Can’t wait to check this one out!

May 24, 2015 - 9:04 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - After seeing you mention this on Goodreads I put a hold on it from the library and I think I’m finally #1 or 2 in line and I’m so excited to read it! Even more now after reading your review.

May 24, 2015 - 7:49 am

Leah - There’s been SO much love for this book recently and I swear I had no idea it was fiction until now! The title and cover SCREAM memoir to me!

(& I’m all about fake camping too, E!)

May 21, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Alexa S. - I basically just want to say “YES! YES! YES!” to this entire review, because you’ve captured in a lovely way how great Happiness for Beginners is. It’s definitely a quieter adult contemporary, but it was still so, so moving and utterly compelling 🙂

May 21, 2015 - 9:44 am

Maria @ A little adventure - Oh this sounds like a great book!

I’m attracted to it from the title alone, as I’ve been on my own little quest to find happiness this year.

I like the element of finding a balance with nature that you mentioned, and it definitely sounds like a book with interesting characters. I’ll keep an eye out for it for sure!

An Artist, A Puffin, and a Cowboy | A Harlequin Trio

No better way to kick off the weekend than with three hot hot hot romance novel recommendations. Go crazy, kids! ♥ Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl ( web | tweet ) Part of the Girl’s Night Out series. Published January 24, 2015 by Harlequin HQN Pages: 384 Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Last reviewed: Looking for Trouble […]

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April 30, 2015 - 2:01 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Knitting and Sleuthing in these 3 YAs An Artist, a Puffin, and Cowboy in 3 romance […]

April 21, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Alexa S. - Ooh, the Maisey Yates novel sounds pretty great! I wouldn’t mind getting to know this particular sheriff 😉

April 18, 2015 - 7:20 am

Leah - You had me at cowboy ♥ & I’m super curious about Victoria Dahl – I follow her on twitter and absolutely adore her (and her naughty, naughty ways) so I can only imagine what her books are like!

April 17, 2015 - 9:48 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I have never read Victoria Dahl but I really want too! I think I have one of her ebooks. I’m glad to hear that you really like them. I need to move her books to the top of my TBR.

And Part Time Cowboy totally looks up my alley. I’m adding it to my TBR right now. I love that cover.

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill • Estelle Reviews

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher: Ballantine Pages: 368 Target audience: If you like contemporary romance… Keywords: post-college, college friends, friends with benefits Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Joss meets Matt during her first year at college, and after […]

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March 15, 2015 - 10:47 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I really love all of your points about this one. I think I liked this more than you do, I just really appreciated a story about relatively average college students/early 20s people. BUT I didn’t love the format either (present-day Joss kind of bothered me) and there wasn’t a ton of suspense. I agree with you about Joss’s friends, too, they definitely all blended together and I never got a good idea about anyone besides her and Matt and the people they dated.

March 13, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Daisy - I felt the same way you did about Joss’ relationships in the flashbacks, it felt like filler till we could get to the part where she’s going to tell Matt about how she feels and not really anything meaningfull at all.
And yeah, it would probably make an entertaining movie! But maybe without the knowing at the beginning that Joss develops feelings for Matt (as if you couldn’t have seen this coming without the flashing back and forward).

March 12, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is a great post, Estelle. I really just can’t decide if I want to read this one.

March 12, 2015 - 11:23 am

Alexa S. - I’m intrigued by When Joss Met Matt. The story does sound like it would translate well into a film! Your review has made me cautiously curious about this one. Not sure if I’ll be reading it, but I’ll definitely be keeping your thoughts in mind!

March 12, 2015 - 9:32 am

Meg - I’m a little confused by what makes a book new adult versus a contemporary romance, too, but maybe that’s because the genre as a whole is still developing? I don’t know. Still, this sounds like a quick summertime read!

In Some Other World, Maybe by S. Goldhagen | E Reviews

In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 13, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 288 Target Audience: Adult Keywords: Pop culture, missed connections, growing up, 90s Format read: Copy from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: It all starts with a movie based on a popular comic. That’s the […]

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March 7, 2017 - 9:01 am

Hot cocoa + s'more books in February, Estelle - […] by Shari Goldhagan / Goodreads | B&N | Amazon / I was a big fan of Shari Goldhagan’s IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE and I totally forgot that she came out with a YA book until Miss Print reminded me. Molly has a […]

April 3, 2015 - 9:15 am

Leah - oh hi, month-old review that’s been sitting in an open tab since I first saw it D:
I loved this one so much and completely agree with everything you have to say about it, right down to immediately wanting to dive into it again. I’m seriously in awe of how Shari was able to BELIEVABLY (!) weaves these characters’ lives together. The scene at the airport was what really made me gasp and realize just how far ahead she had to have planned everything.
Such a lovely book ♥

March 10, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Bridget @ Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged - I’m excited to read this one, and the cover is just SO PRETTY. Glad you liked it!

March 10, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Alexa S. - Your review of In Some Other World, Maybe is lovely, E! I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, but I definitely want it even more after seeing what you thought of it. It’s definitely interesting to ponder all of the “what ifs” in life, and I like that it’s a part of the novel in a big way.

One Wish by Robyn Carr • Why in 5 & Giveaway

One Wish by Robyn Carr  ( web | tweet ) Part of Thunder Point series. Publication Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: small towns, overcoming the path, family conflict, secrets Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Previously: The Homecoming by Robyn Carr Summary: Grace owns Thunder Point’s flower shop, she has a […]

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March 8, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Lillian - I’ve never read a romance and I’m excited to get my feet wet in this genre!

March 7, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Christy - I recently finished Once a Marine by Loree Lough. I also enjoyed Burying Water earlier this year by K.A. Tucker. Very different, but both good reads.

March 5, 2015 - 11:43 am

Annie - Thanks for this giveaway

March 3, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Alexa S. - Ooh, I have some catching up to do with the Thunder Point series! One Wish sounds delightful. I’ve always liked Grace and her flower shop, so to get to learn more about her will be fun!

March 2, 2015 - 8:50 am

Tammy - Jojo Moyes Me Before You was a great romance book that I loved and not your typical love story.

The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman • Magan Reviews

The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 24, 2014 Publisher: Createspace Pages: 386 Target Audience: Contemporary Adult Fiction Keywords: weight and obesity, stigmas, friendship Format Read: Digital copy received from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Katie, Pixie, Ellie, and Jane are fed up with not seeing results at their weekly slimming meeting. They gossip and ignore the leader […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:06 am

Magan - Alexa, definitely do! I enjoyed it so much. It was such a nice change of pace from my typical reading and offered a different perspective I gladly welcomed! 🙂

March 3, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Alexa S. - The Curvy Girls Club sounds so interesting! I’d never heard of it prior to your post, but I think I’m going to have to add it onto my list of books to check out 🙂

February 27, 2015 - 11:46 am

Magan - You’re welcome, Brianna! I really hope you pick it up and enjoy! 🙂

February 27, 2015 - 10:36 am

Brianna - This sounds great. Thanks for sharing your review.